MORGANTOWN - All things considered, it would be hard for Nick Florence to look at his college football career at Baylor with any regrets. So he doesn't.
After all, consider that now, three games into his senior season, he is quarterbacking a Top 25 team and leads the nation in total offense.
Consider that as a true freshman in 2009 he started seven games and was instrumental in beginning a revival of Baylor football that ended 14 consecutive years of losing seasons.
Consider that that revival of Baylor football has led to the construction of a magnificent new riverfront stadium, expected to open in 2014.
Oh, and to boot, Florence has already graduated with a degree in economics, is working on his MBA and in May celebrated his first wedding anniversary.
"No,'' Florence said. "It's hard for me to look back and regret anything that has happened since I came to Baylor.''
There is, however, this one nagging issue that causes Baylor fans to just cringe. But for a 90-minute period in a game against Texas Tech two days after Thanksgiving last year, Florence would not be a senior quarterback for the Bears right now. He'd instead be a junior. Instead of one year of eligibility remaining, Florence would have two.
But even that doesn't gnaw at the 23-year-old quarterback.
"I don't regret burning that redshirt at all,'' Florence said. "That was the most fun half of football I've ever played. Sure, I might have one more year, but I've got one year now and I'm going to take advantage of it.''
That includes Saturday's noon game between No. 25 Baylor (3-0) and No. 9 West Virginia (3-0) at Mountaineer Field. It matches the top two total offense producers in the country so far this season - Florence and No. 2 Geno Smith.
Of course, sharing a field with a Heisman Trophy short-lister like Smith is nothing new for Florence. Until this season his career at Baylor was played out in the shadow of last year's winner of the award, Robert Griffin III. Occasional injuries to Griffin over the last three years are the reason Florence has both played very little (starting just 10 games) and played too much (unable to redshirt).
As a true freshman in 2009, Griffin tore an ACL, backup Blake Szymasnki was injured and Florence was forced into action. In a game against Missouri he broke the school record with 427 passing yards.